For the fourth time in the last five years and the third year in a row, the University of Texas came home with the Giles Sutherland Rich Memorial Intellectual Property Moot Court Competition national title. UT team members, Shalla Santos ('06) and Meredith Fitzpatrick ('07), beat the University of Minnesota in the final round of the competition to win the National Championship. The national rounds were held April 10-11th in Washington, D.C. Earlier this year, The Univeristy of Texas swept the regional competition and for the second consecutive year, both UT teams advanced to the national competition. UT team member, Leisa Peschel ('07), won the Regional Championship, narrowly beating Santos and Fitzpatrick in final round of the regionals.
The UT Giles Sutherland Rich teams are coached by Jennifer Kuhn and her husband, Pierre Hubert. Jennifer, a graduate of Cornell Law School, is a solo practitioner in Austin, Texas. Pierre is a Member in the Austin office of Dewey Ballantine, L.L.P. He completed the graduate program in engineering at the University of Texas in 1993 before heading to NYU for law school. This is the third year Jennifer and Pierre have coached the intellectual property moot court teams and the third time they've won the national competition. UT won both the 2004 and 2005 National Championships under Jennifer's and Pierre's coaching.
The law firms of Dewey Ballantine, L.L.P. and McKool Smith, P.C. generously sponsor the intellectual property moot court teams at UT. Founded in 1909, Dewey Ballantine is an international law firm with over 550 attorneys, thirteen offices worldwide and more than 35 practice areas. McKool Smith is a Dallas-based law firm engaged exclusively in commercial, civil trial and appellate litigation throughout the nation. McKool's practice areas include intellectual property, antitrust, technology, class action, contract, environmental, securities and business tort litigation.
The American Intellectual Property Law Association hosts the Giles Sutherland Rich Memorial Moot Court Competition, one of the largest national moot court competitions in the nation. Each year the competition problem focuses on issues in intellectual property law, primarily patent law. The competition is named for the late Honorable Giles Sutherland Rich, Circuit Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. Judge Rich was a prominent Federal Circuit judge responsible for shaping much of the current U.S. patent law.
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